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Mindfulness Teacher Training ~15 Month Diploma Course
in Mindfulness and Positive Psychology

~ Science and Spirituality

Diploma course for advanced study, in order to:

  1. Gain knowledge of the latest scientific theories and research linked to Mindfulness and Positive Psychology.

  2. Uncover / Rediscover the Real You inside, which is normally covered over by thought. This is the True/Spiritual purpose of Mindfulness.

  3. Learn how to use proven tools and techniques for the application of Mindfulness science in order to experience improved wellbeing.

  4. Prepare to become a highly qualified mindfulness facilitator and trainer.

  5. Receive practical guidance on setting up a mindfulness training business.

Graduates Holding Diplomas

This is a unique and pioneering Dual-Qualification course, scientifically validated and drawing upon research from emerging fields within Modern Psychology to present the latest thinking in Mindfulness-based interventions, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Positive Psychology and Neuroscience.

The course offers a blended-learning approach, starting with an initial 8-week online Programme Access Course, which is self-paced learning. This is followed by a ten-month training programme (Saturday and Sunday once a month) delivered live via Zoom and the students own home-based study of the course material.


Positive Psychology

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

Course Facilitators and Code of Ethics:

The lead tutor on this course is Carmel Farnan. All trainers at the Mindfulness Academy are Psychologists and Psychotherapists with in excess of twenty years clinical experience, who subsequently undertook training in Mindfulness. All trainers have held personal Mindfulness practices for decades, to read their professional biographies please click HERE. Our trainers have facilitated Mindfulness Training for Professionals internationally since 1999 in Ireland, UK, Canada and UAE. All our trainers are individual members of Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Psychological Society of Ireland or British Psychological Society. Adherence to the ethical codes of British Psychological Society takes precedence throughout this course.

For more information, click on Meet the Team.

Why choose this Course?
Who is eligible to take this course?
  • Applications are invited from those with a professional qualification in mental or physical health care, education or social care, or equivalent life experience, in the context within which the teaching will take place.

  • Please note, a professional qualification is not a pre-requisite for this course. Applications are welcome from those who have an interest in, and a passion for mindfulness, who have already established their own personal mindfulness practice.

How to Apply:

Course application is via online application form and subsequent interview with Course Director, Carmel Farnan. Individual telephone interviews will be held on receipt of application forms.

Former students say...

"life-changing experience and one that I would recommend to anyone interested in becoming a Mindfulness Teacher."

Fiona McNally. HR Professional

"I was looking for a course which would give me the ideal blend of learning so I could set up my Mindfulness business. This course gave me everything I needed and much more."

Fergus Barrett, Life Coach

"I found the Mindfulness teaching course far beyond expectations. The knowledge and practical skills, which I can now offer clients is unsurpassable. It has absolutely changed my personal, business and family life and brought the deeper, richer tones to an already wonderful life - and enhanced it wholly!           

Catriona Hughes, Holistic Therapist.

"The course gives a great practical guide to setting up your own business. Highly recommended!!!"

Lesley Browne, I.T. Specialist
Course Overview

Students will learn scientifically validated tools and best practices from:

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme (MBSR)

  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Positive Psychology

  • Contemporary Neuroscience Research

Course Content includes comprehensive teaching and exercises covering:

  • Academic Theory and Application of Mindfulness

  • Presentation Skills / Teaching Methodologies

  • Business Development


Syllabus topics include:

  • Lineage of Mindfulness

  • Review of Neuroscience Research

  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

  • The use of mindfulness in clinical practice and review of current research

  • Contra-indications of particular mindfulness practices in certain conditions/contexts/ cohorts.

  • A suite of meditation practices drawn from the research-based Mindfulness programs.

  • Scientifically validated theory and techniques from Positive Psychology (the science of happiness).

  • Mindfulness in everyday life: How to develop and maintain an ongoing personal and professional mindfulness practice.

Core Modules:


Academic Theory


Presentation Skills


Business Start-up

Course Requirements:

1) Student Assessments

Assessment will be by continual assessment comprising of a number of elements:

  • Full completion of the 8-week online Course Access Programme.

  • Attendance at all training days.

  • Attendance for the full length of all training days.

  • Monthly submission of various learning tasks, which includes questions, short written essays, case studies, summarising of relevant research articles.

  • Monthly submission of students 'Reflection on Learning'.

  • Active participation in the private online course discussion forum.

  • Submission of recordings of sample meditations of student leading  meditation practices.

Stage 1: Programme Access Course

This is an online 8-week program which introduces students to the key concepts that will be taught during the 10 month classroom based course. Assessment will be through online submissions, reflective journalling and participation in an online learning system. A commitment to shared learning and appreciation of Mindfulness in an online environment is a key element at this stage of the course. Successful completion of Stage 1 is essential to proceed to Stage 2 of the course. Total hours - 30 hours.

Stage 2: Classroom-based Teaching:

This consists of ten classroom modules which run one weekend per month, via live Zoom. Each of the ten classroom weekends consists of two teaching days - Saturday and Sunday. Course runs from 10am to 5pm Saturday and 9am to 3pm Sunday. Total Stage 2 hours -140 hours.

Stage 2: Home-based Learning:

In addition to the taught component, students will need to set aside 7-8 hours per week for home based, online tutor-led discussion forum and private study. These hours also include time allocated to personal practice of Formal and Informal Mindfulness practices and completion of written assignments. Total hours - 320 hours.

Assessment of competency as a Mindfulness teacher will be based on the industry standard of  Mindfulness-based Interventions Teaching Assessment Criteria.

Blended Learning Format:

Course Qualification

On successful completion of all stages of the course students will be awarded a Dual-Qualification, a 'Diploma in Teaching Mindfulness and Positive Psychology'

(Note: the clinical use of MBCT teachings from the course is only permitted by those students who hold a relevant mental health qualification). Please note it is not a requirement to hold an existing professional qualification in order to complete this course.

Where Can I Teach Post Qualification?

This course, with its original design provides students with the key skills to build and establish their own in-depth Mindfulness practice. This authenticity allows graduates to, in turn, teach Mindfulness courses in various contexts, including courses in the community, health care, education, and organisational settings. Some graduates choose to do 1:1 Mindfulness Coaching also to teach Mindfulness to Adolescents and Children.

  •  Our course duration is 490 hours. This exceeds the good-practice guideline criteria of UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers .

  • We provide post-qualification support via email/telephone to graduates.

  • Lifetime online access to all course materials from 8-week Course Access Programme.

  • Access to our online Graduate Membership Area, facilitating connections with other Mindfulness Diploma graduates.

  •  Access to a portal of contemporary mindfulness and psychology research and resources.

Course Benefits
Next Course Dates

Stage 2:  Classroom based teaching - Starts 16th September 2023, finishes June 2024, Live online via Zoom

Stage 1: 8 Week Online Programme Access Course - Start Dates in June or July 2023

Course Fees:

€500 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is payable on acceptance onto the course. 

Course fee €3,999 when course fee is paid in full. (this includes Stage 1 & Stage 2).


Monthly Installment options are available.

All courses at the Irish Mindfulness Academy observe the Guidelines for Training Teachers of the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Trainers.

* Please be aware of the Terms and Conditions when booking a course with the Irish Mindfulness Academy


We reserve the right to reschedule a course in the unlikely event that the need arises.

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